My purpose for the gadget will be to look at solder joints on SMD parts, especially those tiny multi-legged ones, on upcoming projects.
Close-focusing USB cameras have been around for a while but lacked several of the features contained in recent models such as this one, which can quite correctly be considered a piece of test equipment for the kit builder.
I have an old ATS-4B on the shelf begging to be built and it will be nice to give everything a good looking over before applying power.
And, to inspire young minds, it easily provides interesting views of bugs, salt crystals and other targets of opportunity.
The camera has four controls: a focusing ring, a shutter button, a magnification switch and an inline
The plug of the camera can either plug into a USB or a microUSB port on many types of smartphones and tablets. I was able to use the camera with my desktop PC running Windows 10, my old Samsung Note 4 phone and a Tab 4 tablet. For use on the Android devices, a brief manual that comes with the camera recommends installing one (or all) of four free apps. I installed only the first two and the camera worked fine with both of them.
For use with a PC, an included CD contains both the drivers and a small program that opens when the camera is plugged into a USB port. A small stand is provided with the camera but all the photos shown here were taken handheld.
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|4 pins of an SMD chip|
|Part of T1 on my QCX kit|
|Another view of QCX T1|
|Flat side of a BS170 transistor|
|Date stamp on a US dime|